Independent review of Prevent
The Government announced an independent review of Prevent in February this year, reporting to Parliament by August 2020. Lord Alex Carlile has recently been appointed to lead the review, and its terms of reference have now been published. There will be a call for evidence as part of the review, with details expected in the coming weeks.
Lord Carlile said 'The task of this review is to critically examine and report on the government strategy for supporting people assessed to be vulnerable to be drawn into terrorism. How has Prevent met its objectives? What has been the effect of the statutory Prevent duty? Has Prevent overreached in its assessments of the risks presented by individuals? Is Prevent understood and accepted by the public including particularly affected communities? Is there a future for Prevent, or for something like it? If so, how should it look, and be scrutinised? Nothing is off the table.'